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Report: Native Americans in Az had nation’s highest obesity rates

Four of five adult Native Americans in Arizona were obese or overweight in 2013, the highest rate in the nation among states studied in a new report.... Read more»

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Az obesity levels off, but minorities still suffer

Obesity rates among Arizona adults appear to have stabilized after years of steady increases, according to a new report, which said 26.8 percent of Arizonans were obese. But state health officials said the obesity rates among minority groups remained high. ... Read more»

Advocates: Community planning key in obesity fight

With sedentary lifestyles contributing to a national epidemic of obesity, state health officials are looking to local governments to plan communities that encourage residents to be more active. That includes incorporating ways to promote daily exercise in general plan updates.... Read more»

With PE an elective, schools finding new ways to keep kids active

PE isn’t a required course at Payne Junior High, part of the Chandler Unified School District, and Arizona state law doesn’t require students at this grade level to take it. But for the roughly 700 students who take it as an elective here, it’s an intense workout. Each class is an hour and 12 minutes, two to three times a week. There is no sitting down in class; it’s constant movement.... Read more»

Hefty Mexico wants to slim down. Does Mayor Bloomberg have the answer?

Mexico's many junk food mavens will soon be plunking down more pesos to pack on the pounds. The lower house of congress has approved a 5 percent tax on fatty foods and soft drinks — a levy widely known here as the “Bloomberg tax,” referring to New York City's outgoing fat-fighting mayor — in an effort to combat a spreading obesity pandemic.... Read more»

Humble: Policies, not brochures, key to solving obesity epidemic

Combating a national obesity epidemic 20 years in the making requires more than just passing out brochures, Arizona’s top health official said Wednesday. ... Read more»

Despite obesity, much of Mexico goes hungry

It may be the fattest of the world's major countries. But with 45.5 percent poverty, millions of Mexicans struggle to eat.... Read more»

Report: Arizona among worst in nation for childhood obesity

Arizona had the seventh-highest rate of obesity in 2011 for children ages 10 to 17, says a new report unveiled Thursday. Arizona was the only Western state to rank in the 10 worst — the rest were in the South or the Midwest. Nearly 20 percent of Arizona youth were obese, compared to a high of 21.7 percent in Mississippi and a low of 9.9 percent in Oregon.... Read more»

Guest opinion

More U.S. Hispanics should be dying younger; Why aren’t they?

This is not a question larded with ethnic prejudice but a widely debated medical mystery. A recent study confirmed it: American Latinos tend to have health outcomes that in many cases are equal or better than those of non-Hispanic Whites – including lower death rates, fewer mental disorders, and higher survival rates from heart disease and other medical conditions.... Read more»

How Mexico got so fat

Even as nearly half its people are poor and as officials launch a national anti-hunger campaign, Mexico by some accounts recently has replaced the United States as the chubbiest of the globe's larger countries. What Mexicans wryly call Vitamin T — the tacos, tamales and tostadas that anchor their diet — underlies much of the problem. Once reserved for special occasions, the carbohydrate and lard-loaded dishes now get gobbled daily.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: AMA declares obesity a disease

Interviews with Victoria Maizes, M.D., executive director of the University of Arizona-based Center for Integrative Medicine. Also, Dr. Heather Connally of Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson and Tucson-based writer John Krygelski talks about his new suspense-thriller "The Mutatus Procedure."... Read more»

Is ADHD linked to obesity?

A new study finds that boys diagnosed with ADHD had considerably higher rates of adult obesity than their counterparts, suggesting a connection. ... Read more»

Bloomberg’s obesity claim

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told David Letterman that “for the first time in the history of the world, more people will die from overeating than under-eating this year.” After Letterman expressed surprise, Bloomberg added: “It’s all happened in the last 20 years.”... Read more»

Growing obesity could cost Az billions

Healthcare experts see a sharp rise in the number of obese Arizonans in coming years, increasing the likelihood of obesity-related diseases and raising healthcare costs by as much as $13.6 billion in that time. It follows a national trend of growing obesity and associated health costs. ... Read more»

Official: 'Recreational’ use of medical marijuana inevitable

Arizona has done a better job than other states at developing a medical marijuana system that discourages cheating, but there's no way to guarantee that some people won't use it for recreational purposes, the state's top health official Will Humble said Wednesday. ... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Pima County's war on obesity

Interviews with Dr. Don Gates about Pima County's obesity problem; comet discoverer Dr. David Levy, David Safier of Blog for Arizona, and Dr. Robert Hendricks on education.... Read more»

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